Monday, 21 November 2011


The WOTD is: 'hombro' = shoulder

In Spanish, the word 'hombro' is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the meaning of which is shoulder. In Spanish the noun 'hombro' may also be used to refer to the part of a jacket or other clothing garment which covers the shoulder.

Some expressions containing the words 'hombro', in them are:
  • A hombros (shoulder high, as in to carry someone shoulder high in triumph).
  • Al hombro (on the shoulder or hanging from the shoulder).
  • Arrimar el hombro (to pull one's weight).
  • Echarse algo al hombro (to take resposibility for something/ to take something on).
  • Encogerse de hombros (to shrug shoulders, an action which could be used to indicate:
    • Fear.
    • Inability or unwillingness to reply to a question.
    • Indifference
  • En hombros (=A hombros).
  • Estar hombro a hombro (to rub shoulders)
  • Hombro con hombro (shoulder to shoulder).
  • Meter el hombro (=Arrimar el hombro in some parts of Latin America). 
  • Mirar por encima del hombro (to look down on someone).

Examples of the use of the words 'hombro', are:
  • A ese hombre lo llevaron a hombros por la calle (that man was carried along the streeet shoulder high/ in triumph).
  • Esa bolsa se puede llevar al hombro (that bag can be carried hanging from the shoulder).
  • ¡Tienes que arrimar el hombro! (you have to pull your own weight!/ put your shoulder to the wheel!).
  • Cuando Pedro oyó lo que le dijeron se encogió de hombros (when Pedro heard what they said to him, he just shrugged his shoulders).
  • A nadie le gusta que le miren por encima del hombro (nobody likes to be looked down). loves the word 'hombro' in the YouTube clip: Cabeza, Hombro, Rodilla y Pie
For more on the word 'hombro', visit: Hombro
 *NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “hombro” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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